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most efficient thin insulation to put on existing concrete slab

Hi everyone, I am trying to find out which floor insulation products provide the best insulation in relation to their thickness. I am for something we can put on an existing concrete slab and is maximally 2cm thick. The ...
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16 Jan 20 11:06 AM - By vault
16 Jan '20 11:06 AM
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taking off concrete slab to retrofit piped UFH

Hi there, so, this may be a bit of a crazy idea, but may bet not....: We have a house with a 100mm concrete slab with 665 HRC mesh 30mm from top and we would just love to put in ...
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15 Jan 20 09:09 PM - By Shiftinindia
15 Jan '20 09:09 PM
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owner/builder exemption

Hi, I'm looking at building my own home in the nelson region and have been a bit confused about building law. I understand some of the various rules but the one about not employing anyone on the build has got me a ...
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11 Jan 20 01:00 PM - By CJ!
11 Jan '20 01:00 PM
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Consent for Cob House

Hi Folks, I'm looking for information on small owner built cob houses in NZ and any advice on the resource consent processes involved. It seems most of the projects I come across are done without permits as the consent process is ...
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10 Jan 20 09:09 AM - By Robbing
10 Jan '20 09:09 AM
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Eco Friendly Concrete Sealer ?

We got the concrete floor for our new house poured. There has been some pigments added to make it darker. We would like to use an 'healthy' sealer for the floor, but the information out there is rather 'light'. Some ...
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19 Dec 19 09:56 PM - By Jaz-zee
19 Dec '19 09:56 PM
By Jaz-zee
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SIPs v Timber Frame

Structural Insulated Panels (SIP's) v Timber Frame When researching the pro's and con's of (Structurally Insulated Panels) SIP panels v timber frame, the information available is hugely biased in favour of the SIP's. Including the thermal efficiency, what are the other PRO's ...
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19 Dec 19 09:56 PM - By Ecobob
19 Dec '19 09:56 PM
By Ecobob
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dangers of spray foam insulation

Anyone getting ill from homes, offices or schools insulated with polyurethane spray foam? In the U.S. many homes are not livable because the continued off gassing from the SPF. Please consider my petition for full disclosure of the ...
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19 Dec 19 02:19 PM - By HBB
19 Dec '19 02:19 PM
By HBB
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Window Warranties

Hi, we're replacing our house lot of absolutely awful 1980s aluminum windows. I have had three quotes through for euro and US made UPVC and they're all out of our price range. So thermally broken aluminium it is. (Please don't ...
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15 Dec 19 01:02 PM - By Ameribuild
15 Dec '19 01:02 PM
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HWHP, worth it?

Hey all. Wondering if anyone here can offer some perspective on Hot Water Heat Pumps. We moved into an early 70s house about 18 months ago and have been steadily renovating. To date we've replaced the roof, insulated (almost everything we ...
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02 Dec 19 09:11 AM - By Heck
02 Dec '19 09:11 AM
By Heck
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wall insulation options

Hi, we are looking to build shortly, (titles came through this week) approx 210 sqm, and im wanting to put as much of the spare "upgrade" money into insulation as possible. Looking at the walls, im trying to get ...
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26 Nov 19 10:09 PM - By m1013828
26 Nov '19 10:09 PM
By m1013828
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Wood gasification boiler

Is there anyone in this forum who is using an ATTACK wood gasification boiler for the central heating and warm water? Central Heating NZ in CHCH is the agent for this brand and it is made in Slovakia. We ...
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26 Nov 19 09:14 PM - By alinasao
26 Nov '19 09:14 PM
By alinasao
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How effective is Insulfluf v Batts

I have a two storey house built in 2002 - It has Insulfluf in the ceiling. Its still in good condition and nice and thick, but I cant find a lot of info on its effectiveness or insulation rating. How good is ...
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18 Nov 19 04:12 PM - By SBQ
18 Nov '19 04:12 PM
By SBQ
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Moisture meter with probes

Anyone in the Hauraki area have a moisture meter with 300mm probes they could lend a Straw house builder?
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14 Nov 19 06:39 PM - By Ecobob
14 Nov '19 06:39 PM
By Ecobob
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Moisture meter with probes

Anyone in the Hauraki area have a moisture meter with 300mm probes they could lend a Straw house builder?
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10 Nov 19 09:05 AM - By seechange
10 Nov '19 09:05 AM
By seechange
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eco gypsy

check out the buildings on eco gypsy on you tube
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07 Nov 19 09:16 AM - By eco gypsy
07 Nov '19 09:16 AM
By eco gypsy
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Magroc gone into liquidation?

I am considering SIPs panels for my build and was looking at using MagRoc but have been told they are in liquidation. Has anyone else heard this?
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23 Oct 19 03:11 PM - By StandinguptotheBullies
23 Oct '19 03:11 PM
By StandinguptotheBullies
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to choose a builder

Hi , First post. Find this forum helpful. We are in the process of planning a new house build in mission bay. site has a slope. Have engaged an architect and has a good design. Was initially planning to go ...
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19 Oct 19 05:13 PM - By Ecobob
19 Oct '19 05:13 PM
By Ecobob
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Canadian Insulated Vinyl Cladding

My partner and I have just finished building our beach house on the west coast and as it's in relatively remote area as far as possible we've tried to make it as sustainable as possible using thermally efficient building materials ...
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15 Oct 19 09:09 AM - By m1013828
15 Oct '19 09:09 AM
By m1013828
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Hydronic underfloor heating with air-to-water heatpump, Christchurch

Hi all, Can anyone offer advice with regard to this, as well as your experiences with install and running costs? Planning a 180m2 single-storey build in Christchurch and I really like the idea of an efficient central heating system to keep the ...
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12 Oct 19 11:14 PM - By SBQ
12 Oct '19 11:14 PM
By SBQ
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Heating for SIP construction home

Hi all. We are planning to build a SIP home single level approx 150sqm and wondering what type of heating would be suitable. We're on South East facing beach front section in dunedin. We have been looking at 11kw ...
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11 Oct 19 08:52 PM - By Shayler
11 Oct '19 08:52 PM
By Shayler
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Slab insulation for new build in Auckland

Hi everyone First post, but this is a fantastic forum so I hope this is received well. I'm building a new single story house (215m2) in west auckland (north facing living) and looking to build a quality home and build in ...
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09 Oct 19 01:19 PM - By JR1
09 Oct '19 01:19 PM
By JR1
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Council regulation exemptions (specifics)

:D Hi, I have just secured a nice piece of land with its own stream etc and I am wanting to build off grid and also (most importantly) avoid council regulations. Finding exemptions (without having to read legislation) on the Waikato council ...
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03 Oct 19 09:53 AM - By SBQ
03 Oct '19 09:53 AM
By SBQ
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Pole barn house new build

Hi guys, Im a new member to ecobob. We are looking to start building a pole barn style house on 2 acres in South Otago later in the year and i was hoping for some advice. We love the passive house ...
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18 Sep 19 08:31 PM - By Wykickamucow
18 Sep '19 08:31 PM
By Wykickamucow
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Owner Builder & Engineer's Producer Statement (PS4)

We are planning a "owner builder" build in Christchurch and plan on having a mix of paid LBP's to do some work while other aspects will be done under the owner builder exemption. We are mainly taking this approach due ...
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02 Sep 19 08:08 PM - By scotts808
02 Sep '19 08:08 PM
By scotts808
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Importing Kitsets?

Hi everyone, Has anyone here actually imported a kitset home from overseas? I am really impressed by some European designs and it appears to be a much cheaper and better option than using local kitset/pre-built options. Has anyone gone through the full ...
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18 Aug 19 12:01 PM - By SBQ
18 Aug '19 12:01 PM
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